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Most spas require buying a full treatment (easily $100 or more) before taking advantage of their steam room, sauna and hot-and-cold plunge pools. But Japantown’s Kabuki Springs & Spa allows access to its communal baths any day of the week for just $25. Since this is a bathing-suit-optional kind of place, days are reserved for women (Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays) and men (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays). Tuesdays are coed and require swimsuits.
Kabuki Springs & Spa, 1750 Geary Blvd.; 415-922-6000
Falsies typically average around $100, but at Benefit Brow Bar, you can get bold lashes for as little as $20. Here’s how it works: Book an appointment online. Buy the lashes for $15 at the Chestnut Street location, and then pay $5 for on-site application.
Benefit Brow Bar, 2219 Chestnut St.; 415-567-1173
It’s no luxury spa, but Jin Healing for Women in the Inner Richmond gives solid, satisfying one-hour massages for less than $40.
Jin Healing for Women, 3557 Geary Blvd.; 415-986-1111
Thick and curly or short and straight, Drybar?s flat-fee blowout includes a wash and choice of styles, while full-service salons charge an average of $55 or more.
Drybar, 1908 Fillmore St.; 415-347-8908
When you start to feel pasty, head over to Organic Shimmer for a full body and face airbrush spray tan that will give you a golden glow. You can choose your darkness level, but we recommend a light bronze for the most natural look.
Organic Shimmer, 680 Eighth St.; 415-638-6463
At most waxing salons, you’ll pay upwards of $65 for a full Brazilian, and the upkeep gets expensive. The Social Beauty Company keeps you from going broke with bikini waxes starting at only $28.
The Social Beauty Company, 2157 Lombard St.; 415-529-1305
For a true Russian bath experience, add a venik platza treatment ($30) to your Archimedes Banya day pass. This steam technique uses the healing powers of a venik (a bundle of birch, oak, eucalyptus and juniper leaves) to draw out toxins from the skin. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s not for the faint of heart.
Archimedes Banya, 748 Innes Ave.; 415-206-9000
Get perfectly arched brows in ten minutes or less at EZ Threads. The price is about half the going rate at many other threading salons. And you can even set up your appointment via text.
EZ Threads, 211 Sutter St., Ste. 703; 415-758-8344
Budget beauty treatments--now that’s an oxymoron. In San Francisco, you’d be hard-pressed to find spa passes and massages for under $100.
Luckily, we did the heavy lifting and found eight quality wallet-friendly services so you can pamper yourself and save your pennies.
Check them out here.
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